Article by David Brown, Lift
Vancouver has awarded two more business licenses to Scooter Health Society (formerly Eden) at 3441 Kingsway and WestCanna at 700 W Broadway. The city also gave out their fifth business license earlier this week.
Both new businesses had been at the last of the city’s three stages of licensing for several months. Eight more business currently wait at this last stage (Development permit), with another 24 businesses at the second (Conditional permit) stage.
Eden Medicinal Society has 5 locations, with 2 in BC and 3 in Ontario. WestCanna only has one location. WestCanna has remained open through the licensing process. Scooter Health Society (Eden) is opening their doors today.
Scooter Health Society faced some opposition from a nearby Catholic church which objected to the retail store being within 400 m of their church. Vancouver regulations stipulate business must be at least 300 m away from churches, community centres, schools, as well as other dispensaries and compassion clubs.
The petition was supported by the St. Mary’s parish priests and by Adrian Dix, NDP MLA for Vancouver-Kingsway. Dix said his opposition was not to medical marijuana or if it should be legal, but that Vancouver shouldn’t be passing regulations that contradict federal law.